Things to Do in Taipei, or Stopping to Smell the Shrimp…

What happens when you take a love of fishing and combine it with a potential shot to beat the system? Well… if you’re in Taipei you get this:

No, not just another nondescript industrial building... check the sign for clues (and yes, I know you can't read Chinese)...

No, not just another nondescript industrial building… check the sign for clues (and yes, I know you can’t read Chinese)…

Here's what it looks like on the inside...

Here’s what it looks like on the inside…

What on earth am I talking about? Generally a very good question as I often wonder that very thing sometimes, but in this case I’m talking about a very popular recreational activity here in Taipei…shrimp fishing. Yes, shrimp fishing… indoor shrimp fishing. So you see that pool in the photo above? Well, that sucker is filled with shrimp. You pay the family running the place 500 Taiwanese dollars (about $16.50) and they give you a fishing pole, bait and a net, and you have two hours to pull as many shrimp out of the pool as you possibly can.

Generally, the bait used is raw chicken bits, but since everyone was worried about the new strain of bird flu, we got little shrimps instead (apparently shrimp are carnivorous.. who knew?).

Generally, the bait used is raw chicken bits, but since everyone was worried about the new strain of bird flu, we got little shrimps instead (apparently shrimp are carnivorous.. who knew?).

Fishing away. A good excuse to have a cold drink... green tea in this case (when in Taiwan)...

Fishing away. A good excuse to have a cold drink… green tea in this case (when in Taiwan)…

First catch of the day...

First catch of the day…

Now, apparently I’m not a very good shrimp fisherman as I made it almost the whole two hours without catching a thing (and believe me, folks were pulling out shrimp left and right all around me). However, with about fifteen minutes to go I caught this guy:

The sweet fishy smell of success...

The sweet fishy smell of success…

Now, this being Taiwan, which is one of the more convenient places on earth (literally, it’s so easy to anything and everything here), there’s a grill right in the back so can cook up what you’ve caught and eat it on the spot.

Cleaning, prepping and skewering...

Cleaning, prepping and skewering…

Cooking 'em up...

Cooking ’em up…

So, so good...

So, so good… it better be as that one shrimp cost me about $20.

 

Now, I clearly did not beat the system, but there didn’t seem to be a shortage of people willing to try, and I think if you had a little bit of luck you’d be able to pull in more shrimp than you could buy at the market for an equivalent amount. Clearly, I’ll be at the market.

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4 thoughts on “Things to Do in Taipei, or Stopping to Smell the Shrimp…

  1. That’s funny, the indoor shrimp pool looks like a carnival game – you won a tasty prize! I like how you’re still wearing your fancy shorts, very nice — very well dressed for someone who’s been backpacking for a year.

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